In case you haven’t heard of him, Dan Bull is an English fellow who promotes himself as a “Geeky rap artist promoting logic, skepticism and political change through merciless teasing.” Aside from that, Bull also inspired one of WebProNews’ “controversial” lead image, courtesy of his anti-SOPA rap.
Bull’s latest effort — and it’s a good one — focuses on the Megaupload drama that blew the Internet up when the site owners were arrested and the site seized. The move by the United States government pissed the Anonymous group off to such a degree, they went on a revenge spree that targeted sites of some major players in the entertainment industry.
While Bull’s reaction may not have been as severe as Anonymous, it’s clear he’s no less upset about the Megaupload takedown. Furthering his reaction is this little tidbit of information, which he posted on his blog:
Megaupload was taken down. Bugger. My first album was on there, so now all the links to it in blogs across the web are dead. How is this helping me in any way?
That’s a good question, one Bull explores in his awesome Megaupload rap:
While Bull is clear he’s not trying to incite any criminal activity, he is a very big proponent of civil protest to show “he’s annoyed about the fact” he used Megaupload to promote and distribute his album. Now, of course, that won’t be happening, and while Bull is free to use another content distribution service — like his blog, for instance — that’s not the point. While he understand why Megaupload’s site owners and administrators were detained, he still doesn’t understand why the service was taken down.
Clearly, ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — isn’t concerned about the removal of the infringing files. Instead, they just want to slash and burn the offending web property, as well as the web property’s owners. Does Bull have a point? Should Megaupload still be around, especially if ICE’s “burn it to the ground” tactics focused more on the forced removal of the illegal content?